Malawi Police Service (MPS) has intercepted 20 ‘hot’ cars believed to have been stolen from South Africa.
According to a consolidated report on the recent Tugela Operation conducted across the country, the impounded vehicles which have been traced to South Africa and had their chassis numbers tampered with, ranged from Toyota Raider single and double cabin vehicles, Toyota Fortuner as well as Audi and Mercedes Benz saloons.
The report further says four clinics and pharmacies alleged to be selling counterfeit products such as medical drugs, groceries, cosmetics, cigarettes have been closed down and the owners arrested.
National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo confirmed the report and said there is an increase in stolen cars on Malawian roads.
Said Manjolo: “If people buy such cars, let it be known that they will face the law.”
The report was compiled in conjunction with the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board.
Reads the report in part: “Five people have been found with fuel without licences while another three have been found with property suspected to have been stolen.
“The public is further reminded to seek medical attention in hospitals and clinics which are licensed and buy standard products.”n